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Middle Plaza at 500 El Camino Real

From: John D. Donahoe <"John>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:16:02 +0000

September 25, 2017
Mayor Kirsten Keith
City of Menlo Park
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park California 94025

Dear Mayor Keith:

Stanford University is looking forward to presenting our Middle Plaza project at your upcoming City Council meeting on September 26th. Since 2012, we have worked collaboratively with Menlo Park residents, City Staff, Planning Commission and City Council, to create an outstanding project. We have hosted over a dozen community meetings to learn what is important to the community and have incorporated this feedback into our project.

Although our project is 100% compliant with the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan, Stanford offered from the beginning of this process to voluntarily contribute significantly to the Caltrain crossing at Middle Avenue. We also made major changes to the project to address community concerns of traffic, design, affordable housing and open space. Finally, we worked with the City and the Menlo Park City School district to further support local schools. The project before you represents the success of this collaboration and has been embraced in the community and at the City’s various commissions.

As outlined in the City staff report, we are excited to have reached final terms with the subcommittee that will not only deliver an exceptional project as envisioned in the Specific Plan, but also bring to the Menlo Park community a robust Community Benefits package in excess of $7.5 million. A project of this size has never offered such a significant contribution to the City.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity over these past few years to work with the City and Menlo Park residents to enhance our project. We look forward to Middle Plaza providing housing, open space and economic vitality to Menlo Park for years to come. Thank you for helping us take our property forward according to the vision of the Downtown/El Camino Real Specific Plan.

Sincerely,

Steve Elliott
Jean McCown
Stanford University

CC: Members of the City of Menlo Park City Council
                Alex McIntyre, City Manager

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Received on Mon Sep 25 2017 - 11:21:33 PDT

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